English-German dictionary

Enter the word you would like to have translated from English to German in the search field above. You can also enter words in German as both sides of the dictionary are searched. To select another online dictionary in place of English-German you can use the dropdown menu above or return to the dictionary selection page. Should your search return too many German words you can use the handy filters for subject, region and style.

Search the English-German dictionary by letter

Use the letters below to search the online dictionary manually with the aid of a word list. Select a letter to start browsing. Once you have found the word you were looking for clicking it will show you all German words and synonyms fitting the corresponding translation from English.

We want to create the world's largest free online dictionary. The English-German dictionary is growing every day and the most recent entries for English and German can be viewed below. Help us make the dictionary even better by confirming German translations for English expressions.

Everyone is welcome to join us on bab.la and to make the dictionary for English-German as good as it could ever be. New English interpretations and translations of German terms crop up constantly. Apart from that, the English translation for a German technical term may vary strongly from one field to another. This is why we include many different, yet similar English to German translations. When a user contributes a new word to the English-German dictionary it helps everyone. However, to maintain a high level of quality new German words must be verified by 10 other users. Only after a translation has been confirmed it is added to the English-German dictionary. Before that it is marked as unverified, but still shows up as a result in the English to German dictionary.
You can become part of the bab.la community by registering today - and start collecting points for the world ranking. You are awarded points by, for example, suggesting new English-German translations. On the English-German Forum you can get in touch with other bab.la users. Here you can ask questions about the German language in general or about tricky English-German translations.

Learning a language with the English-German dictionary

The questions is, why you should learn a new language? Because it will be of use for you to understand other people, their cultural background, their way of thinking and much more. English, on the other hand is a world language, spoken as a first language by billions of people and learned by millions as a second language. Furthermore it is a business language and wherever you are in the world, it is most likely for you to meet a person who understands and speaks English. German is a very influential language in terms that it is spoken by people living in the economically strong country of Germany, but also in Austria and Switzerland. Do you need any more reasons why it is a good idea to learn either English or German?

When you start learning a new language the bab.la dictionaries can help you open opportunities you didn’t think were possible. In them you can find the English and German translations you were searching for in our dictionary but also other useful tools that will help you in mastering a language you always wanted to learn. The bab.la dictionary will get you closer to your goals to be more fluent, to learn new words, to expand your horizon about the culture and to be part of a great community which has one vision in common: being part of creating the world’s largest language portal.

Now, how do you actually start learning a new language? It is usual way to begin with a language course, may that be located in your home country or in the country where the language is spoken. A dictionary should then be your best friend. The bab.la dictionaries will be a great help for your progress in your venture to learn a new language. When you do your homework after your classes, use our Games and Quizzes to learn new words in a playful manner or revise with our Conjugation tables. Learning either German or English can be a real challenge, may that be the pronunciation of words, the sentence structure or the use of specific words. But the bab.la English-German dictionary will guide you through your journey to learn German or English.

Some people learn new words easier when they see them written down. Many people also say that living in the country, where the language you want to learn is the first language, is the best way to learn a new language. However, beginners prefer to see the spelling of the word and in connection with articles, the right preposition or another form of sentence structure. This is the reason why a dictionary can be a fantastic learning resource. In the English-German dictionary you will see many opportunities to improve upon your English or German language skills. Both languages are Germanic languages; English, as mentioned earlier, is a global language and official language in 54 countries whereas German is a European language and spoken by Germans, Austrians and Swiss people. The English-German dictionary, as all of the other bab.la dictionaries comprises thousands of entries, words from the daily use of the language, specific terms, regional words and other expressions. Are you an English native who wants to improve on your German language skills or are you a German and you want to learn English or are? Either way, you will find most of your answers here in the English-German dictionary compiled for you by bab.la.